Bombardier announced today it has expanded its leading Challenger family of business jets with the addition of the new Challenger 650 aircraft. In partnership with NetJets, the global launch customer for the aircraft, the Challenger 650 jet was introduced at the National Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA) in Orlando, Florida during a special unveiling event.
On June 11, 2012, NetJets placed a firm order for 25 Challenger 650 jets, formerly referred to as the Challenger 605 "NG", with options for 50 additional aircraft. The Signature Series brand of the Challenger 650 aircraft has been designed with unique features such as customized cabinetry, seating, next-generation In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and lighting. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2015.
"The Challenger 650 jet enhances our leading business aircraft portfolio, the largest within the industry and will establish new standards in its segment," said Éric Martel, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "This aircraft will provide our customers with the ultimate in-flight experience, a superior baseline offering and the lowest direct operating costs* in its class. With the Challenger 650 jet, they will have it all," added Mr. Martel.
NetJets Senior Vice President of Global Asset Management Chuck Suma said, "The proven reliability of the Challenger 605 series played a significant role in our decision to order Challenger 650 aircraft. This new aircraft, with its enhanced performance capabilities, cutting-edge interior design and the lowest direct operating costs* in its class, will be a great addition to our fleet."
Source: Bombadier Aerospace
Date: Oct 19, 2014